1841 Census

The 1841 census was taken on 7 June 1841 and survives for Killeshandra, County Cavan


The 1841 census was filled in by the householders themselves and recorded the following information about each household member:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Date of marriage(s)
  • Ability to read/write
  • Townland
  • Parish
  • Barony

Unusually the 1841 census also recorded:

  • Family members living elsewhere including location
  • Deceased family members (since 1831) including cause of death

Absent family members and visitors are both often shown in the transcript as having a different place of residence. Do make sure you check the image where more information is often revealed. This can give a fascinating insight into people’s movements for work.

The 1841 Census was also used to determine age when the old age pension was introduced in 1909.